The Best Time: When To Have A Yard Sale

When planning a yard sale to eliminate excess items around your home, check the calendar for favorable dates and weekdays.

Planning a yard sale requires thought and organization over many facets of the event. One that is of especial importance is the date and day.

Depending on where you live, the climate could make a difference as to when you set a date. For example, if you have a change of seasons, you will probably want to schedule the sale during a moderate weather time. In North America, for example, that is likely to be spring or fall, though some sales proceed nicely over the summer as well. Though no one can predict the weather, it's a good idea to shoot for a day when the temperature will not shoot up over a hundred degrees or fall below freezing.

The next thing to look at is the best weekdays for scheduling your sale. Traditionally, Friday and Saturday draw the greatest number of customers for many outdoor sales. You may want to host the event on one or both days. Some people continue selling things throughout the weekend, Sunday included, but many report that sales are pretty low on Sunday, since many folks go to church or sleep in and then spend time with their families.

You may want to start your yard sale at eight or nine in the morning. When you browse sale ads, you can see that some families "open" their event at 7:30, but you will probably get more people after eight. If you want to be available to those who work all day, you may want to keep selling until perhaps six or six-thirty in the evening. Some people go later, but again, the draw is likely to be small.

It may be helpful to schedule your yard sale around a holiday weekend. For example, when July 4th falls on a Thursday or Monday, plan your event on the adjacent Friday or Saturday. Or set it for the weekend that precedes Memorial Day or Labor Day. A higher volume of drivers than usual will be out and about and may be likely to see your signs and stop. If you live near a community or regional organization that sponsors special events during the year, like a rodeo, flea market, or outdoor drama, it may be a good idea to run your sale around the same time as these performances take place. Again, you may draw some of the crowds that will be in the area for these shows. If you know of other families that are planning yard sales, estate sales, tag sales, or garage sales, holding yours on the same day as theirs could increase the number of people who will stop by your event.

When organizing a yard sale, you have to think like a marketer. Promote the sale at a time when visitors or travelers will be passing through your area and are likely to be aware of a newspaper ad for the sale or to see your signs. Then enjoy the fruit of your efforts in terms of profits from all those sales.

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